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Floating next to a bed or above a console, the Mercer Wall Lamp wraps its warm presence in luminous blown-glass. Within, designer Joan Gaspar proves turnabout is more than fair play by placing the lamp’s pleated shade inside the transparent drum fixture. From Barcelona’s Marset, this construct protects the shade while also producing additional glowing reflections—as well as a generous light. Additionally, the choice of shade colors in natural, pearl white or black offers varying degrees of illumination.
“Marset is more than lamps: We take care of light in its different nuances and effects, to create atmospheres with character, helping to improve people’s quality of life,” declares the Barcelona-based company. Marset’s dual preoccupation with both crisp contemporary design and the more elusive ambiance of lighting has firmly fixed the firm on the design world’s cutting-edge radar. A series of attention-grabbing and innovative fixtures account for the recent revitalization of the brand, though Marset has actually been around since the 1940s.
A family business, Marset was originally a foundry, not a lighting company. It segued into lighting design when Francisco Marset formally established Marset Illuminacion in 1965. Decades devoted to metalwork easily translated to the contemporary lighting industry, with a dexterity of materials available to create unexpected, atmospheric lighting effects. Not to mention the influence of its Barcelona home, a city renowned for architecture, design and visual inspiration.